About The New AIA|LA Design Awards, the Common App, and the Best of the Millennium Awards

Now, more than ever, people and planet require design that fosters a more livable world.

The New AIA|LA Design Awards look to the future through changes to previous years’ categories in order to recognize the importance of design excellence that addresses planetary challenges. These changes celebrate work that nurtures quality of life; halts or reverses climate change; and are designed in respect for the natural world. Because, if there is a singular lesson from 2020, it is that ultimately nature is more powerful than human.

These values are recognized through the synthesis of the Design Awards and what were previously AIA|LA COTE Awards. This year, rather than two separate categories, Design Awards submissions will include the Common Application or “common app,” a national sustainability criteria that consists of predominantly Yes/No questions. We become the first local Chapter to do so.

The NEXT LA Awards return to the annual program, this year including the Common App as well, but a new category is also in the mix—if only for this year; “Best of the Millennium” will honor the Best of the Best work in the last twenty years and is open, only, to previous design award winners (as in the built-project category) from the years 2000 – 2019.

The 2020 AIALA Design Awards Ceremony + Party Presenting Sponsor is: Sharpe Interior Systems.

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Registration Opens/ Tues. April 14

Early Bird Closes / Thurs. May 7 

+Extended until May 15

Regular Pricing Closes / Thurs. May 21 

+Extended until May 29

Registration / Late Pricing Closes / Fri. June 12 +Extended until Tues. June 30 (11:59PM PDT)

Submissions Due/ Fri. August 7 (11:59PM PDT)

Jury Day / Fri. September 18

Sponsorship Deadline / TBA

Awards Ceremony / TBA

Show your support and increase visibility for your firm by sponsoring the 2020 AIA|LA Design Awards Ceremony + Party.

2020 Juries

Design Awards Jury

+ Tom Kundig, FAIA – Olson Kundig (Seattle, Washington)
+ Thomas Robinson, AIA – LEVER (Portland, Oregon)
+ Tatiana Bilbao – Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Millennium Category Jury

+ Martino Stierli – Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art (NY, New York)
+ Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA – Dean, School of Architecture,
Woodbury University (Los Angeles, CA)

Next LA

+ Michael Fox, AIA – FoxLin (San Clemente, CA)
+ David Hertz, FAIA – Studio EA (Los Angeles, CA)
+ Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam, Holland and Lagos, Nigeria)


1) Call for Entries includes Projects qualifying for the following categories;


Design Awards – built work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*


NEXT LA – unbuilt work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*


Best of the Millennium – Best of the Best selected from previous winners of Design Awards (built projects) from the years 2000 – 2019.


2) Download the Call for Entries.


3) Register Here



After registration closes, registrants will receive an “additional entry form” from, which is essentially a link by which to submit all required materials and information for your project.

Please review the submission requirements and submission template below to identify what needs to be submitted for your entry:

+Submission Requirements

+Common App Document

+DA Presentation Submission Template_2020

Please find below helpful documents to assist with the Common App, which is required for the Design Awards and Next LA Categories:

+Residential Calculator Instructions

+Residential Calculator

+Non-Residential Calculator Instructions

+Non-Residential Calculator

+Common App Webinar

+AIA 2030 Commitment 

If you have any questions, please email

for the New AIA|LA Design Awards

Nominations for the 2020 AIA|LA Emerging Firm Award Are Open
Submit your firm for consideration for the highest honor that the AIA|LA bestows on an emerging architecture firm.
Nominations for the 2020 Robert Kennard, FAIA Award are Open
This AIA|LA award recognizes the promotion of ethnic and cultural diversity, gener equity, and inclusion of marginalized groups of citizens through design or practice.

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